CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes how best one can live their life.
At the Zoo
William Makepeace Thackeray
The speaker describes the animals they see during a visit to the zoo.
I'm the Library Lady
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes the books readers can find at the library.
Two ducks get married and celebrate with their friends.
A speaker describes Humpty Dumpty’s attempts to find safety under a chicken.
The Days Have Names
A speaker considers why some things are named, while others go nameless.
Sylvia Earle: Deep Ocean Explorer
A speaker describes Sylvia Earle, a famous ocean explorer.
Ode on a Grecian Urn
In this poem, John Keats describes a series of images on a Grecian urn.
“Jabberwocky” tells the story of a boy who must follow his father’s advice as he encounters a creature called the Jabberwock.
Excerpt from “Adventures of Isabel”
A young girl meets a bear during her journey.
A speaker describes how aging affects their grandfather.
The Human Seasons
A speaker compares the stages of life to the four seasons.
The Lighthouse Lamp
Margaret E. Sangster
A family’s lighthouse is the only thing keeping sailors from crashing during a storm.